Rugby charity’s Sierra Leone school set to open

The Extra Mile School is on track to open in September. NNL-160524-180755001
The Extra Mile School is on track to open in September. NNL-160524-180755001

A Rugby-based charity has built a school in Sierra Leone that will cater for some of the country’s poorest children.

Extra Mile has been working to bring education to Sierra Leone for almost 10 years.

The charity originally recruited volunteers to teach in some of the poorest schools in Goderich, a small fishing village on the outskirts of the country’s capital, Freetown.

In January 2014, after six years of teacher training and with the help of over 40 volunteers, the charity started building its own school.

Despite a year’s delay in the building programme, due to the Ebola crisis, the new secondary school will open with its first two classes in September.

The school will offer a free education to the most impoverished children from the district.

These children, from as young as three years, work on boats, in quarries or on the streets for most of every day.

‘Go the Extra Mile for Sierra Leone’ worked with many benefactors in Rugby who donated generously to support the charity’s work.

Extra Mile expressed its sincere thanks to the people of Rugby for all of the help and support that they have given.

The charity will continue fundraising at local events such as car-boot sales, table-top sales, quizzes, and plant and produce sales, with preserves harvested from its allotments in Dunchurch.

The fundraising team offers talks to local groups and welcomes all those who wish to join its growing band of sponsors.

For more information visit www.extra-mile.org or find the charity on Facebook.